UAE Prince Commits 7 Cargo Planes to Boost Uganda’s Agro Exports

Monday, June 17, 2024
Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and President Museveni during the Heroes Day celebrations on Sunday
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  • UAE Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Jumah Al Maktoum pledges 7 cargo planes to boost Uganda’s agro exports, aiming to enhance infrastructure and support economic growth through improved transportation capabilities.

KAMPALA, (Examiner) – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Jumah Al Maktoum of the UAE royal family has pledged seven cargo planes to facilitate the country’s burgeoning agro-industry to enhance Uganda’s agricultural export capacity. This initiative aims to address longstanding challenges in packaging, storage, and transportation that have hindered Uganda’s ability to meet international standards and expand its export markets.

“We will provide 7 cargo planes, with the first Boeing 737 already landed at Entebbe Airport,” Sheikh Mohammed announced during his recent visit to Uganda, underscoring his commitment to the country’s economic development. He emphasized that additional planes are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks, signaling a substantial investment in Uganda’s export infrastructure.

Recognizing the potential of Uganda’s agricultural sector, which includes robust production of coffee, tea, and various fruits and vegetables, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the strategic importance of modernizing air cargo capabilities. This effort includes plans for a state-of-the-art cold storage facility in Entebbe, crucial for preserving the quality of perishable goods destined for global markets.

“We consider ourselves partners in Uganda’s progress and are dedicated to supporting its journey towards economic prosperity,” Sheikh Mohammed affirmed, outlining broader plans to invest in vital infrastructure projects such as an oil refinery and logistics hubs at Entebbe International Airport.

This initiative not only aims to bolster Uganda’s export capabilities but also aligns with broader regional economic strategies aimed at transforming Uganda into a key player in East Africa’s agricultural export market. With Sheikh Mohammed’s commitment, Uganda anticipates a transformative leap in its ability to meet global demand for high-quality agricultural products, marking a pivotal moment in its economic trajectory.

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Tumwesige Ivan Kato is a Ugandan Journalist, filmmaker and social media influencer currently working with The Black Examiner newspaper and co-owns Abjine Media Group with his brother Busiinge Aggrey Insingoma
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